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T-Mobile & Sprint Merger faces Opposition from 15 States Attorney General

Catherina Ploumidakis

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T-Mobile & Sprint Merger

T-Mobile merger with Sprint is facing the opposition by a long list of Attorney Generals. These attorneys are trying to block the deal saying the merger will harm competition. And it will cost residents $4.5 billion annually.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton along with 15 more states Attorney general filed the initial suit in June. These 15 includes District of Columbia, California, Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Mississipi, Virginia, Wisconsin, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Nevada.

On Monday, New York Attorney General Letitia James in a statement ensure that not even a single region of the country favor this megamerger. On this statement, Sprint declined to make any comment while T-mobile didn’t respond.

Idea Behind T-Mobile and Sprint Merger

The basic idea behind the merger is to compete with industry leaders like AT&T and Verizon Communications in the 5G Networks. Critics argued that this would lead to reducing competitive Intensity and higher pricing for consumers.

T- Mobile and Sprint gets Approval for a Merger deal

The $25 billion merger deal gets approval from the US department of justice more than a year ago, last month. The Federal communications commission

has also approved the deal. The FCC chairman gave the green signal by saying that he wants to vote on the merger.

Still, the Attorney Generals do not want to make this deal final. That’s why neither Department of Justice nor the Federal Communications Commission has given their final judgments.

According to lawmakers, it is the merger of third and fourth-largest carriers might promote competition. Trump-appointed DOJ antitrust chief Makan Delrahim agreed that a merger would accelerate 5G growth.

So even after getting approval, it would be difficult to proceed with the closing of the deal. Until it settles the concern of the state AGs.

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Catherina previously worked as a journalist for several local newspapers until she realized the potential of internet for news reporting. She joined the team as a contributor which provided her a platform to dedicate her experience and knowledge for a wider range of audience. She excels in curating business news for the website.

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